Lange to resign as Marion city clerk

The Marion City Council accepted the resignation of City Clerk Angela Lange during its meeting Monday.

Lange stated in her letter to the council that she would be leaving her position May 14.

In addition, the city also swore in its newest councilors, Jerry Kline and Chris Meier?hoff, who replaced Gene Winker and Stacey Collett.

Mayor Mary Olson also was sworn in for a second term after defeating Councilor Steve Smith in the spring general election.

As part of the restructuring process, the council unanimously reappointed Becky Makovec as city treasurer and assistant city clerk; Josh Whit?well as police chief; Bryson Mills as municipal judge and Mike Regnier as fire chief.

But the city administrator and city attorney reappointments didn?t go as smoothly.

A 10-minute executive session was called before motions were made to reappoint David Mayfield and Dan Baldwin as city administrator and city attorney respectively.

Olson recused herself from discussions regarding both Baldwin and Mayfield.

Following the executive sessions, however, both were reappointed with one descenting vote.

Mayfield was reappointed with Councilor Bill Holdeman casting a ?no? vote and Olson abstaining.

Baldwin also received a 3-1-1 vote with Smith voting ?no? and Olson abstaining.

Resident Tony Shafer also asked to speak to the council during the three-minute public forum regarding the fence issue obstructing the view of traffic approaching Hudson Street.

He told the council no work had been done to correct the problem since the meeting two weeks earlier and questioned why no date had been set to remedy the problem.

Kline said he thought the issue has gone on too long and thought maybe more action should be taken.

Marty Fredrickson, streets director, was asked if any date had been set.

Fredrickson said the family said it would be done as soon as possible.

Council members directed Mayfield to call the family and ask for a specific date when the work would be completed.

If by the next meeting no completion date was set, council members could take charge on getting the property surveyed at a cost of about $800, followed by repairing the problem.

In other business, the council:

? appointed Dick Varenhorst to the planning and zoning commission.

? approved a resolution requesting installation of a territorial governors sign for Edward Wallis Hoch, who was governor from 1905-09 and whose hometown was Marion.

Lois Smith on the museum board said it will cost $2,235 per sign with some funds already available, and the remaining balance would be through donations or fundraising events.

? approved a change order on the Safe Routes to School project near the Sports and Aquatic Center.

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